Language Ideologies: Practice and Theory

Paperback | June 1, 1998

EditorBambi B. Schieffelin, Kathryn A. Woolard, Paul V. Kroskrity

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"Language ideologies" are cultural representations, whether explicit or implicit, of the intersection of language and human beings in a social world. Mediating between social structures and forms of talk, such ideologies are not only about language. Rather, they link language to identity,power, aesthetics, morality and epistemology. Through such linkages, language ideologies underpin not only linguistic form and use, but also significant social institutions and fundamental notions of person and community. The essays in this new volume examine definitions and conceptions of language in a wide range of societies around the world. Beginning with an introductory survey of language ideology as a field of inquiry, the volume is organized in three parts. Part I, "Scope and Force of Dominant Conceptions ofLanguage," focuses on the propensity of cultural models of language developed in one social domain to affect linguistic and social behavior across domains. Part II, "Language Ideology in Institutions of Power," continues the examination of the force of specific language beliefs, but narrows thescope to the central role that language ideologies play in the functioning of particular institutions of power such as the law, mass media, or nationalism. Part III, "Multiplicity and Contention among Ideologies," emphasizes the existence of variability, contradiction, and struggles among ideologieswithin any given society. This will be the first collection of work to appear in this rapidly growing field, which bridges linguistic and social theory. It will greatly interest linguistic anthropologists, social and cultural anthropologists, sociolinguists, historians, cultural studies,communications, and folklore scholars.

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"Language ideologies" are cultural representations, whether explicit or implicit, of the intersection of language and human beings in a social world. Mediating between social structures and forms of talk, such ideologies are not only about language. Rather, they link language to identity,power, aesthetics, morality and epistemology. Th...

Bambi B. Schieffelin is Professor of Anthropology at New York University. Kathryn A. Woolard teaches at the University of California at San Diego, where she is a Professor of Linguistics. Paul Kroskrity is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Kathryn Woolard: Introduction: Language Ideology as a Field of Inquiry2. Judith Irvine, Brandeis University: Ideologies of Honorific Language3. Jane H. Hill, U. of Arizona: "Today there is no respect": Nostalgia, "respect," and oppositional discourse in Mexicano (Nahuatl) language ideology4. Don Kulick, Sweden: Anger, gender language shift and the politics of Revelation in Papua New Guinean Village5. Paul Kroskrity: Arizona Tewa Kiva speech as a manifestation of a dominant language ideology6. Michael Silverstein, U. of Chicago: The uses and utility of ideology: Some reflections7. Elizabeth Mertz, Northwestern School of Law: Linguistic ideology and praxis in US las school classrooms8. Debra Spitulnik, Emory University: Mediating unity and diversity: the production of language ideologies in Zambian broadcasting9. Jan Blommaert, U. of Ghent, Netherlands, and Jef Verschueren, UC San Diego: The role of language in European nationalist ideologies10. Susan Philips, U. of Arizona: Language ideologies in institutions of power: A commentary11. Charles Briggs, UC San Diego: "You're a Liar--you're just like a woman!": Constructing dominant ideologies of language in Warao men's gossip12. James Collins, SUNY Albany: Our ideologies and theirs13. Joseph Errington, Yale University: Indonesian('s) development: On the state of a language of state14. Bambi B. Schieffelin and Rachelle Charlier Doucet, New York University: The "real" Haitian creole; Ideology, metalinguistics, and orthographic choice15. Susan Gal, U. of Chicago: Multiplicity and contention among language ideologies: A Comment

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"Readers will have much to learn from this rich and carefully edited body of research. Many of the subjects undertaken in this volume-language planning, honorifics, standardization, gossip, and oratory-are familiar to linguistic anthropologists. What these essays add is the ability to linktheir analyses, in explicit and often nuanced ways, to broader debates in social theory."--Language in Society